1997 Alfa Romeo 145 Reviews

1997 Alfa Romeo 145 Linea 1.4 Twin Spark from Switzerland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.4 Twin Spark Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Corsa

Summary:

I love it

Faults:

High-beam doesn't stay on.

Door stop makes loud cracking noise.

General Comments:

This Italian compact hatch is very underrated.

It handles well and rides OK.

The engine is a bit on the loud side, but at least it sounds fantastic.

Although this is the base model, it is pretty quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2009

1997 Alfa Romeo 145 1.8 TS 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance72500 miles

Summary:

Great looking car that drives just as good

Faults:

Several replacements of brakes, seems to wear through these quickly.

Twice I have burst the sump cover, its hard to believe just how low the front of this car sits.

Timing belt 70,000.

General Comments:

This car is great to drive and quite responsive when needed. As long as there is good rubber on it handles well, but break wear can be a problem. It can be difficult to find a perfect driving position, but I guess this is a Fiat/Alfa problem, they just don't seem able to get the steering wheel/seat combination correct on any of there cars. Running costs are high and parts are very very expensive, over £200 for a rear part of exhaust, this on a '97 car? Sometimes you have to pay to have fun I guess.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2005

1997 Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A high performance bargain. Hear it to believe

Faults:

It was in a crash.

General Comments:

The car is very quick and handles beauifully... but... the true selling point of this car is its cacophonous induction roar. People streets away turn and look as it tears up the road before it in an harmonious melee of controlled angry garbling. If cars were sold on sound alone, this car is better than anything. The twin sparks create a beautifully melodic racing hummmmm at high rpm and a menacing growl at low RPM. Truly the greatest sounding machine in the world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2003

15th May 2005, 14:19

I have a car the same as yours, I agree the engine sounds great, but wait until you drive a V6 alfa the sound will take your breath away. Especially the earlier 12 valve units in the 75, 164 and 155. The 24 valve sounds good, but doesn't have quite a seamless wail.

1997 Alfa Romeo 145 1.8 TS 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

The best car I have ever owned

Faults:

Amazingly for an Alfa Romeo - nothing!

General Comments:

At 140bhp the 1.8 only gave away 10 hp to the Cloverleaf so it felt and drove the same in everyday British traffic.

The engine has to be one of the greatest 4 cylinder engines in the world, quiet, refined and more responsive than BMW's fours.

For a car from a manufacturer that has great history and not much else I took a gamble and had 5 years of driving delight.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2003

26th Dec 2006, 12:54

The cloverleaf has far more midrange torque than the 1.8, so it doesn't drive the same. It is slightly freer revving though.

1997 Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf 2.0 Twin Spark 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Twin Spark 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Very fast and stylish

Faults:

Entire alarm and immobiliser had to be replaced.

Rear windscreen wiper motor had to be replaced.

Definitely prone to loose electrical connections and wiring.

General Comments:

Very fast car and handles beautifully.

Stylish and quirky looks. The car is relatively uncommon.

The car audio system is in a terrible position.

Servicing and repairs are very expensive and waiting time for the dealerships is a problem (especially in London).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2001

18th Jul 2001, 02:56

I purchased a new 145 Cloverleaf in Aug 97 and my experiences virtually mirror the above comments. Mileage 60,000 now. Last service pricey as the platinum plugs (8 of them) needed replacing. Can't grumble - first plug replacements!!

Dealers lousy and remind me of British Leyland dealers in the 70s. Only exception is St Leonards Motors in Hastings. The first caring Alfa dealer that knows what they are about.

8th Jan 2002, 08:23

If anyone is looking for a good Alfa dealership in North-West then try Nigel Lythgoe Alfa/Fiat dealership in Rochdale, Lancs. I live in London but regularly travel to North-West and entrust them with my Alfa anytime rather than the expensive, unprofessional and poor standards that I have come to expect of the few London Alfa dealers.

18th Aug 2006, 16:35

Why did you have to have the immobiliser and locks replaced? Did you lose the red master key I wonder, then realised you needed more keys?

1997 Alfa Romeo 145 Quadrifoglio 2.0 16v from South Africa

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired150 kilometres
Most recent distance62000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Good fun at a price

Faults:

Right rear shock absorber packed up at 50000 kms.

Eats front tires. The alignment always seems to be out and requires frequent adjustment.

Fan relay replaced at 40000 kms.

General Comments:

Build quality not great.

Handling and performance great.

Almost as much fun to drive as my 911 Porsche.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2000

1997 Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf 2.0 TS petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 TS petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Sensor on the exhaust.

General Comments:

Great acceleration with fine handling and poise.

Build quality could be better, but who cares when you are having this much fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 1998

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews